NGT Committee will visit Bellandur and Varhur lake on 17th February to oversee the revival work. The Committee by NGT is planning to create a webpage by February.
National Green Tribunal (NGT) :
NGT has been established in 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010. It was established for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection. It also includes conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal rights relating to environment.
The Tribunal also gives relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It is a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to handle environmental duties involving multi-disciplinary issues.
NGT Committee :
The NGT has newly constituted a committee headed by Justice Hegde to oversee the implementation of the directions related to lake rejuvenation. The NGT Committee has been asked to oversee the timelines and action plans prepared by the State government.
The State Government has also been directed to transfer Rs 500 crore to an escrow account for execution of the action plans and implementation of Panjwani Committee recommendations.
The Justice Hegde Committee has been given the liberty to decide additional amounts required for setting up of STPs to treat sewage entering into the lake. The State is also made liable to pay interest for delay or non-payment.
Justice Santosh Hegde – NGT Committee Head :
Santosh Hegde was born in an ethnic Bunt family to former judge of Supreme Court, Justice K.S. Hegde and his wife Meenakshi Hegde.
Nitte Santosh Hegde is a former judge of the Supreme Court Of India, former Solicitor General of India and was Lokayukta for Karnataka State of India from 2006-2011.
After completing apprenticeship training, Hegde enrolled as an advocate in January 1966 and was designated as senior advocate in May 1984. He was appointed as the Advocate General for the State of Karnataka in February 1984 and held that position till August 1988.
NGT Committee report :
Individual members from the NGT Committee have already visited the Bellandur and Varthur lake and have made observations. The NGT Committee also took note of the encroachments in and around these two lakes.
The NGT committee also pointed out that the rajakaluve have been encroached, narrowing of rajakaluves, laying of pipes, construction and demolishing waste dumping by Minor Irrigation Department (MID) and encroachment on the buffer zone along the Belagere road.